Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is one of the largest protected marine areas and offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world! It is one of North America’s largest underwater canyons, the closest-to-shore deep ocean environment in the United States, and the 3rd largest submarine canyon in the world, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. The head of the canyon starts just a mile from shore at Moss Landing, and is approximately 292 miles long, 7.5 miles wide, and is more than 2 miles deep at its deepest point. Because the submarine canyon is in such close proximity to shore, the Monterey Bay is one of the richest ecological regions along California’s central coast, as proven by the diverse species that call it home. Reasons for such diversity of wildlife in Monterey Bay include:
It is no wonder that the biological richness and unique habitats of Monterey Bay are teeming with wildlife and is one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world. It is an underwater treasure full of the tiniest nudibranches to the world’s largest mammal the blue whale. Monterey Bay resident and transient species including 26 threatened or endangered species consist of:
With such a magnificent Sanctuary, Princess Monterey Whale Watching loves showcasing our backyard for you. We are stewards of the ocean and are passionate about supporting the preservation and protection of this special marine ecosystem. Monterey Bay is so famous for activity that National Geographic, the BBC and many others come here to film. Most people will only see these magical, rare and graceful animals on TV, but we are lucky enough to view them in the wild!